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Radar: Soulnidus, Here and There, International Home & Garden Show, Images Festival Opening Gala, International Day of Street Children

MUSIC | Ann Chaplin and Ehsan Ashrafi of SOULNIDUS
A little bit Coldplay, a little bit Kings of Leon, Soulnidus has been playing Toronto's music scene for five years and tonight, they will experiment by adding to their sound with the vocals of Ann Chaplin, a singer/songwriter from Deep River, Ontario. This intimate show adds the music of Ehsan Ashrafi, one half of Soulnidus, to Chaplin's Indie Music Award nominated style in hopes of earning proceeds from ticket sales for May Be Me, an organization that seeks to prevent violence against diverse women and children. Doors open at 8:45PM and tickets can be purchased at the door.
The Sister (1554 Queen Street West) 9PM $15

ART | Here and There
Get crafty like a college kid and explore two exhibitions that examine emerging artists' works in furniture, textiles, ceramics and glass at tonight's opening of the Sheridan craft student showcase Here and There. Speak with the graduating designers about their works, displayed inside the gorgeous gallery at the Ontario Crafts Council building, where each project will be displayed. The artworks have all been crafted during the artists intensive, focused three-year program and will remain on display until April 22nd.
Ontario Crafts Council Gallery & Propeller Center (990 Queen Street West) 7PM Free

DESIGN | International Home & Garden Show
Gardeners, renovators and decorators band together to buy and browse garden gnomes, patio sets and furniture while seeking advice at the International Home & Garden Show. Opening this morning and running throughout the weekend at the International Centre, this year's show features experts like designers Glenn Peloso and Lynn Spence. Seminars will run all weekend long and hundreds of exhibitors will have products on display with a special emphasis on emerging technologies and green living at this year's show. Parking is free and re-admission is allowable.
International Centre (6900 Airport Road) 10AM $15

FILM | Images Festival Opening Night Gala: The Nine Muses by John Akomfrah
The 25th anniversary of the Images Festival opens with a gala screening of John Akomfrah's The Nine Muses, an epic film about the migration of Caribbean and African people in the '50s and '60s that uses Homer's Odyssey as a backdrop narrative. Combining lush, expansive landscapes with readings from the famous poetry and passages of greats like T.S. Eliot, Emily Dickinson and John Milton, Akomfrah's documentary is the perfect opening to a festival that is all about images. The gala screening begins at 6:45PM with tickets available at The Royal's doors.
The Royal (608 College Street) 6:45PM $15 general, $8 member/senior/student

AWARENESS | Stand In Solidarity — International Day of Street Children
April 12th is International Day for Street Children and to raise awareness about poverty affecting children worldwide, Street Kids International has created a campaign that will culminate with a screening at The Foundery tonight. Setting out to prove that street youth are a resilient bunch with capabilities that can be used positively with opportunities, SKI will play an animation film that challenges common stereotypes of the young and homeless. The hour-long film will play at 7:30PM and all are welcome to join.
The Foundery (376 Bathurst Street) 7:30PM Free


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